Years Ago

Today is Saturday, Dec. 14, the 348th day of 2013. There are 17 days left in the year.


On this date in:

1946: The United Nations General Assembly votes to establish U.N. headquarters in New York.

1961: A school bus is hit by a passenger train at a crossing near Greeley, Colo., killing 20 students.

1972: Apollo 17 astronauts Harrison Schmitt and Eugene Cernan conclude their third and final moonwalk and blast off for their rendezvous with the command module.

1975: Six South Moluccan extremists surrender after holding 23 hostages for 12 days on a train near the Dutch town of Beilen.

1981: Israel annexes the Golan Heights, which it had seized from Syria in 1967.

1986: The experimental aircraft Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, takes off from Edwards Air Force Base in California on the first nonstop, nonrefueled flight around the world.

2003:: A weary, disheveled Saddam Hussein is displayed on television screens worldwide, a day after his capture by American troops.

2012: A gunman with a semi-automatic rifle kills 20 first-graders and six women at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., then commits suicide as police arrive. Authorities say 20-year-old Adam Lanza had fatally shot his mother at their home before carrying out the attack on the school.


1988: Unleashing a flood of campaign spending unprecedented in Ohio politics, Democratic Sen. Howard Metzenbaum and his Republican challenger, George Voinovich, spent a combined $18 million in their fall campaign, reports show.

Warren’s only Catholic high school ends the year $136,000 in debt, and diocesan officials fear the school will continue accumulating debt unless the tuition of $1,765 a year and parish contributions increase.

1973: Robert L. Pegues Jr., Youngs-town’s schools superintendent, will receive a $4,000 pay increase to $30,000, effective Jan. 1

Morgan T. Dawson, 22, of Warren is charged with the murder of Brenda Melville, 16, and wounding of Linda Tobias, also 16, on a dead-end street off Highland Avenue.

1963: Armed with warrants obtained by the FBI, Mahoning County authorities raid a Campbell bookie joint, the Sportsmen’s Club at 99 Robinson Road and the home of one of the club owners.

An out-of-control car strikes and kills a pedestrian and then rams a police cruiser in Greenville, Pa., killing Patrolman Ferdinand Anderson, 37, who leaves six children. The dead pedestrian is Charles H. Wolford, 70.

1938: The Youngstown Builders Association pledges to use qualified local labor in carrying out a $2.3 million contract for the Westlake low-income housing project.

The Rev. Norbert Connell, O.P., an assistant pastor at St. Dominic Church who worked especially with young people in the parish, organizing the Friar Cadets, will leave to take a new post in Washington, D.C.

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